• Disoj, our new Project Manager, started working with us.

    It's the first time Tails has a dedicated Project Manager and we are all very excited about this change. Disoj will help us work better and faster to accomplish our mission.

  • We got very busy preparing Tails 5.0.

  • We upgraded all our infrastructure to Debian 11 to ensures that all our public and internal servers will continue receiving security updates timely after August.

  • We organized 2 online trainings for people in Mexico.

    You can download our slides and the structure of the training if you want to organize Tails workshops yourself.

  • Tails has been started more than 783 850 times this month. This makes 25 031 boots a day on average.

Posted 2022-05-17

We are especially proud to present you Tails 5.0, the first version of Tails based on Debian 11 (Bullseye). It brings new versions of a lot of the software included in Tails and new OpenPGP tools.

New features

Kleopatra

We added Kleopatra to replace the OpenPGP Applet and the Password and Keys utility, also known as Seahorse.

The OpenPGP Applet was not actively developped anymore and was complicated for us to keep in Tails. The Password and Keys utility was also poorly maintained and Tails users suffered from too many of its issues until now, like #17183.

Kleopatra provides equivalent features in a single tool and is more actively developed.

Changes and updates

  • The Additional Software feature of the Persistent Storage is enabled by default to make it faster and more robust to configure your first additional software package.

  • You can now use the Activities overview to access your windows and applications. To access the Activities overview, you can either:

    • Click on the Activities button.
    • Throw your mouse pointer to the top-left hot corner.
    • Press the Super () key on your keyboard.

    You can see your windows and applications in the overview. You can also start typing to search your applications, files, and folders.

Included software

Most included software has been upgraded in Debian 11, for example:

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.0.11.

  • Update GNOME from 3.30 to 3.38, with lots of small improvements to the desktop, the core GNOME utilities, and the locking screen.

  • Update MAT from 0.8 to 0.12, which adds support to clean metadata from SVG, WAV, EPUB, PPM, and Microsoft Office files.

  • Update Audacity from 2.2.2 to 2.4.2.

  • Update Disk Utility from 3.30 to 3.38.

  • Update GIMP from 2.10.8 to 2.10.22.

  • Update Inkscape from 0.92 to 1.0.

  • Update LibreOffice from 6.1 to 7.0.

Hardware support

  • The new support for driverless printing and scanning in Linux makes it easier to make recent printers and scanners work in Tails.

Fixed problems

  • Fix unlocking VeraCrypt volumes that have very long passphrases. (#17474)

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • Additional Software sometimes doesn't work when restarting for the first time right after creating a Persistent Storage. (#18839)

    To solve this, install the same additional software package again after restarting with the Persistent Storage for the first time.

  • Thunderbird displays a popup to choose an application when opening links. (#18913)

  • Tails Installer sometimes fails to clone. (#18844)

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 5.0

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

  • Automatic upgrades are not available to 5.0.

    All users have to do a manual upgrade.

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 5.0 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 5.1 is scheduled for May 31.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2022-05-03 Tags:

We've been working hard on the upgrade of Tails to Debian 11 Bullseye. You can test Tails 5.0~beta1 and track the progress of our work.

Online trainings in Mexico and Brazil were prepared and conducted. You can check out the nice slides that were used.

We interviewed Daniel Moßbrucker, who used Tails to investigate pedocriminal forums on the Darknet and took down 13.5 terabytes of photos and videos of child abuse.

Our page about trusting Tails was entirely rewritten and we have a new FAQ about VoIP.

Releases

Tails 4.29 was released on April 05: This version updates Tor Browser, Thunderbird, the Linux kernel and obfs4proxy.

Metrics

Tails has been started more than 783850 times this month. This makes 25285 boots a day on average.

Posted 2022-04-14

New features

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.0.10.

  • Update Thunderbird to 91.7.0.

  • Update obfs4 to 0.0.12 to provide more discrete Tor bridges. (#18800)

  • Update the Linux kernel to 5.10.103.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.29

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.29 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.30 is scheduled for May 3.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2022-04-05 Tags:

We plan to release Tails 5.0 on May 3 or May 31. It will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 11 (Bullseye). It brings new versions of most of the software included in Tails and some important usability improvements.

You can help Tails by testing the beta for Tails 5.0 before the end of April.

Changes and upgrades

  • Update to Debian 11 (Bullseye)

    In particular this updates software included in Tails to:

    • GNOME 3.38
    • Audacity 2.4.2
    • GIMP 2.20.22
    • Inkscape 1.0.2
    • LibreOffice 7.0.4
    • OnionCircuits 0.7
    • Pidgin 2.14.1
    • Thunderbird 91.7.0-2~deb11u1
  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 11.0.10

  • Enable driverless printing and scanning (#18521)

Fixed problems

  • Fix locales translation in the Welcome Screen (#18199)

  • Fix opening a Veracrypt volume with a long passphrase (#17474)

Changelog

For more details about what has changed in Tails 5.0~beta1, read our changelog.

Known issues

  • WhisperBack fails to send error reports (#18908).

  • Tails Installer sometimes fails to install or upgrade Tails (#18844, #18841). If this happens to you, please retry.

  • Additional Software sometimes fails to install packages on first startup after configuring it (#18839). To fix this problem, install your Additional Software manually again, then restart Tails.

  • OpenPGP Applet is not usable: its icon is not displayed (#18845).

  • Tails 5.0~beta1 takes more time to start than previous versions (#18906).

  • Open issues for Tails 5.0

See the list of long-standing issues.

How to test Tails 5.0~beta1?

Keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.

Please, report any new problem to tails-testers@boum.org (public mailing list) before the end of April.

Get Tails 5.0~beta1

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

No automatic upgrade is available, so do a manual upgrade.

To download 5.0~beta1

Direct download

BitTorrent download

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

What's coming up?

We will keep our calendar updated regarding the planned release date of Tails 5.0.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!

Posted 2022-04-05 Tags:

We have refactored our installation documentation! This is one of the results of user research we are doing (#18074). We believe this will make installation easier, encourage more people to verify Tails image, and improve the SEO of it. You can read all the details on #16808.

We're actively working on releasing Tails 5, based on Debian Bullseye, soon.

We published calls for online training and user research in Mexico and in Brazil.

Releases

Tails 4.28 was released on March 08:

This was mostly a bugfix release, with upgrades to the Linux kernel, Tor Browser and tor

Metrics

Tails has been started more than 717702 times this month. This makes 25632 boots a day on average.

Posted 2022-03-10

Changes and updates

  • Update Tor Browser to 11.0.7.

  • Update Thunderbird to 91.6.1.

  • Update tor to 0.4.6.10.

Fixed problems

For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

None specific to this release.

See the list of long-standing issues.

Get Tails 4.28

To upgrade your Tails USB stick and keep your persistent storage

To install Tails on a new USB stick

Follow our installation instructions:

The Persistent Storage on the USB stick will be lost if you install instead of upgrading.

To download only

If you don't need installation or upgrade instructions, you can download Tails 4.28 directly:

What's coming up?

Tails 4.29 is scheduled for April 5.

Have a look at our roadmap to see where we are heading to.

Posted 2022-03-08 Tags:

Releases

Tails 4.26 was released on January 11.

Among other changes, it added a shortcut to open the Tor Connection assistant when starting Tor Browser if Tails is not connected to the Tor network yet.

Usability improvements

Installation pages

We fixed all the low-hanging fruits among the issues identified in December during usability tests of first-time use:

  • #18764: "Start in macOS" is confusing when obvious
  • #18765: QR code in steps is unclear
  • #18771: Add screenshot of Plymouth to installation steps
  • #18773: Update time estimates in overview

After which we started a bigger project to restructure our installation pages. Stay tuned!

Connecting to Tor

Polishing the user experience of connecting to Tor from Tails is one of our top priorities for 2021-2023. We are continuously designing and implementing improvements in this area. Here's the January 2021 edition :)

We noticed a while ago, thanks to usability tests, that users not accustomed to the GNOME desktop have difficulties connecting to Wi-Fi. So we made this more discoverable last year, by making Wi-Fi settings reachable from Tor Connection. Unfortunately, while our initial implementation looked OK in a simplified test environment, it turns out it was not working in real user scenarios, so we fixed it (#18587).

Metrics

Tails has been started more than 773 496 times this month. This makes 24 951 boots a day on average.

Posted 2022-02-09

Los proyectos Tor, Tails y Guardian Project están llamando a todos y todas las defensoras de derechos humanos, periodistas, activistas, feministas, defensoras del territorio, etc.

En medio de crecientes amenazas a nuestra seguridad y libertad digital en México, sabemos que es cada vez más importante compartir tácticas contra la vigilancia, para nuestra autodefensa digital, escuchar y empoderar las personas que luchan por un cambio social.

Inscríbete antes del 28 de febrero!

Por favor, comparta este llamado con todas las personas que le pueden interesar :)

Si quieres aprender más sobre autodefensa digital

Estamos organizando unos talleres en linea en marzo y abril:

  • Tor Browser: Como navegar en Internet de manera anónima y sin censura (para computadoras).

  • Tor Browser Android y Onion Browser: Como navegar en Internet de manera anónima y sin censura (para celulares).

  • Orbot: Aumenta tu privacidad cuando usas las aplicaciones de tu celular.

  • Tails: Tu computadora segura en cualquier lugar.

Los talleres son gratuitos pero las plazas son limitadas. Para participar, rellene el siguiente formulario:

https://survey.tails.boum.org/index.php/146737?lang=es

Puedes participar en los talleres de manera anónima y no seran grabados.

Si quieres compartir tu experiencia con nosotras para mejorar nuestras herramientas

Estamos interesadas en aprender como mejorar nuestras herramientas para que sean más útiles para vuestro trabajo y vuestras luchas en México.

Organizaremos entrevistas, pruebas de usabilidad, encuestas y otras actividades para aprender de los problemas que encuentran nuestras usuarias en México.

Si quieres hablar con nosotras sobre tu uso de Tor Browser, Orbot, Onion Browser o Tails, por favor rellene también el siguiente formulario:

https://survey.tails.boum.org/index.php/146737?lang=es

Posted 2022-02-08 Tags:

Esse é um chamado aberto feito pelo Projeto Tor, Tails e Guardian Project para todos e todas as defensoras de direitos humanos, jornalistas, ativistas, feministas, defensoras de território, etc.

Em meio a crescente ameaça a nossa segurança e liberdade digital no Brasil, sabemos que é cada vez mais importante compartilhar táticas contra a vigilância, para a nossa autodefesa digital, escutar e empoderar as pessoas que lutam pela mudança social.

Inscreva-se até 28 de fevereiro!

Por favor, compartilhe esse chamado com todas as pessoas que possam se interessar :)

Se quiser aprender mais sobre autodefesa digital

Estamos organizando algumas oficinas online em março e em abril:

  • Tor Browser: Como navegar na Internet de maneira anônima e sem censura (para computadores).

  • Tor Browser Android e Onion Browser: Como navegar na Internet de maneira anônima e sem censura (para celulares).

  • Orbot: Aumente a sua privacidade quando usa as aplicações do seu celular.

  • Tails: seu computador seguro em qualquer lugar.

As oficinas são gratuítas, mas as vagas são limitadas. Para participar, preencha o seguinte formulário:

https://survey.tails.boum.org/index.php/146737?lang=pt-BR

Você poderá participar das oficinas de forma anônima e não haverá gravação.

Se quiser compartilhar a sua experiência conosco para melhorar as nossas ferramentas

Estamos interessadas em aprender como melhorar nossas ferramentas para que sejam mais úteis para o seu trabalho e suas lutas no Brasil.

Organizaremos entrevistas, testes de usabilidade, questionários e outras atividades para aprender sobre os problemas que encontram nossas usuárias no Brasil.

Se quiser falar com a gente sobre o seu uso do Navegador Tor, Orbot, Onion Browser ou Tails, por favor preencha o formulário abaixo:

https://survey.tails.boum.org/index.php/146737?lang=pt-BR

Posted 2022-02-08 Tags: